Summer Activities on a Budget
Wondering how to fill the rest of the summer holidays? Whilst it’s great getting to spend more time with your foster child, we know it can be difficult trying to come up with new and exciting ways to keep them occupied for six whole weeks! It’s even harder if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on extravagant days out.
If you’re working with a tight budget don’t worry… there’s plenty of things you and your foster child can do this summer without breaking the bank! Here’s a few ideas to get you started…
The 100 Day Kids Pass
OK, so this isn’t technically an activity – it’s a pass that gives you access to around 4,500 different offers and it could be yours for just £1! As featured on Money Saving Expert, this kids’ pass usually costs £7.50 per month and it gives you access to all kinds of brilliant offers such as 50% off theme parks, free child meals at restaurants like TGI Fridays, and up to an impressive 40% off cinema tickets.
You’ll need to download an app to get the £1 ticket and also remember to cancel it before 100 days are up, otherwise you’ll be charged £29.99 for a year’s membership. However, it provides you with plenty of choices for budget entertainment and is guaranteed to keep you and the kids happy all summer.
Become nature detectives for the day
Kids love an adventure and what better way to make use of the (hopefully) sunny weather, than to get out there looking for nature? The Woodland Trust has a fantastic range of activities on its website such as downloadable nature guides and instructions on how to make squirrel feeders. There’s even great indoor craft ideas for those typical rainy British summer days.
Learn something new together
Just because school is out for summer, doesn’t mean your child can’t learn something new. Why not join them and learn something new together? Whether it’s a new sport, new language, or even taking a cookery class together – it’s a great way to enrich their little lives, as well as providing a great opportunity to bond with your foster child.
Create a summer scrapbook
Kids love taking photos and they also love getting creative so why not combine these two passions? Get a digital camera and set a task to go out and take pictures every day. If you don’t have a digital camera and you don’t have the money to invest in one, you could always use the camera on a mobile phone.
Together, choose your favourite photos from the day, print them out and stick them in a scrapbook. You could also include mementos such as ticket stubs from fun events or flyers from a great day out. Not only is this fun, but it helps you to create long-lasting beautiful memories that can be treasured forever.
These are just a few great budget-friendly ideas you can try out this summer. You don’t need to have an endless supply of cash to enjoy fun, quality time with the kids. No matter what your budget, there’s plenty to keep you and the kids entertained throughout the holidays.
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